|Dr. Pamela Williams Morgan currently serves as director of the Office of Field Experiences and Clinical Practice at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), having joined the Education Department in October of 2010. She has devoted nearly four decades to public education at both the K-12 and university levels, spending 22 of those years with Baltimore City Public Schools, five with Baltimore County Public Schools jointly with Towson University, and ten solely with Towson University.
Dr. Morgan served as Towson University’s Project Coordinator for the Teacher Academy of Maryland, a Career and Technology Education (CTE) program of study aimed at attracting high school students to careers in education. In this position, she also coordinated professional development experiences for teachers in seventeen school systems across the state of Maryland. Additionally, Dr. Morgan was the project director for “Back-to-the-Future,” a middle grades college awareness program funded by a grant from the Maryland College Access Challenge Grant Program (MCACGP) that was administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). Prior to that, she served six years as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Elementary Education Department at Towson University after serving five years as Instructional Facilitator for Professional Development Schools (PDS)—a joint position with Towson University and Baltimore County Public Schools.
Dr. Morgan holds a B.S. in Secondary Education, English from Coppin State College (now Coppin State University), a M.A. in Leadership in Teaching from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology from Towson University with a specialization in instructional leadership and professional development. Among her numerous honors and awards, she holds the distinction of being a 1993 recipient of the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award, a 1994 WBAL-TV Class Act Award, a 2003 recipient of Towson University’s College of Education Excellence in Teacher Education Award, and a 2005 recipient of Towson University’s Distinguished Black Marylander Award.
Dr. Morgan served on the Maryland Professional Development Advisory Council and the Maryland Middle School Initiative Steering Committee. She is a teacher-consultant with Maryland Writing Project and a consultant to the National Writing Project (NWP), having served as a member of the NWP Urban Sites Network Leadership Team, a facilitator of the Thinking and Development Team for the African American Learners Project, a member of theNWP@Work editorial board, and an original national coordinator for NWP’s Project Outreach Network. Dr. Morgan currently serves on the PSASA (Public School Administrators and Supervisors Association) Networking Task Force for Middle Grades Education for Baltimore City Public Schools.
Her research interests include, but are not limited to, the following areas: African American student success; issues of equity and diversity; interdisciplinary and intergenerational teaching and learning; active learning, with a special interest in educational applications for aquaponics; action research/teacher inquiry; and Appreciative Inquiry (AI).